By Kim Harbour
Justin Seibert was born and raised in Wheeling. And even though he thought he would come home... some day… it took him a while to realize just what his career could be.
After going to college out of state and establishing his career in LA, Seibert's wife, Kristin, became pregnant with their second child. They started thinking about how moving to Wheeling would let them be close to his family and give them extra help with raising their children.
Soon, the momentum of their move spawned two new Wheeling companies. Kristin formed Priority Pictures LLC, leveraging her experience as a literary agent, manager and producer for TV and film. Justin founded his own Internet marketing firm, Direct Online Marketing.
“In West Virginia, I’ve morphed what I did in Los Angeles into something I can do from home,” she explained. She started a Web-based screenplay consulting business, receiving screenplays from all over the world from people who are trying to break into the business. Additionally, the tax credits that West Virginia offers for filming in the state are opening new opportunities here for her as a producer.
“The tax incentives are a fantastic way for Hollywood and independent producers to bring their productions to our beautiful state!” she said.
Meanwhile, Justin's company is helping other former natives come home to the Northern Panhandle in addition to attracting new dollars to the state.
He partnered with Wheeling’s economic development group to launch the Web site Take Me Home Ohio Valley. For networking, he supports both Create West Virginia and Generation West Virginia, which has eight chapters around the state, including OVConnect, where Seibert serves as president.